44' X-YACHTS XP44 (2012) "ARIETTA" *LLC*

Dual Role: The Xp 44 combines impressive performance with simplicity of handling, appealing to all the family. The Xp 44 was the first of the Xperformance line to be launched, and was named Sailing World's 'Yacht of the Year' in 2014. A highly optimized hull shape offers exemplary performance in a range of wind conditions, on all angles of sail, under both ORC and IRC handicap systems. Key elements of the hull design include reduced upright beam and wetted surface area, while the transom shape ensures that as windspeed builds and the boat powers up, the overall waterline length increases for additional speed. X-Yachts are designed by sailors, for sailors. Every Xperformance yacht is created to perform superbly in all conditions and in all sail configurations. However, many of the very same factors which make the Xp models race winners, also ensure that they are enjoyable fast cruisers.

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Hull: Stability is Key for Dynamic Sailing Performance

During the Xperformance design process, Velocity Prediction Programs were utilised to optimise each yacht’s hull shape. This confirmed to the design team that it was key to slightly reduce the overall displacement – whilst actually increasing the power. This was achieved by creating a heavier keel bulb yet keeping the overall design light by use of advanced build techniques and high-tech materials.

The high ballast to weight ratio gives great stability and ensures the Xp 44 is equally well-mannered whether carrying a racing sailplan and full complement of crew on the rail, or flying a cruising chute as it eats up the miles for a husband and wife bluewater cruise.

 Hull design is another factor that influences a yacht’s power, stability and responsiveness. Key features of the Xp range are a reduced upright beam waterline and wetted surface area, whilst the power of the hull shape increases as the boat heels. The Xp 44 transom shape is designed to increase in waterline length as the windspeed builds and the boat powers up, thus further extending the top speed.

Careful buoyancy distribution ensures that the powerful, wider aft sections are immersed and so the boat trims correctly fore and aft. An additional benefit is that the increased forward flare in the topsides makes the Xp 44 an easier boat to drive at full power downwind, whether racing or cruising. The above factors combine to make the Xp range faster, safer, and hugely enjoyable to sail; true performance without compromise.

Form meets Function with the Xp 44 Deck Layout

The Xp 44 deck layout is designed to balance clean lines and minimalist style, with usability, safety and security. 

Attractive teak decking is fitted as standard, with the option to extend the teak across the side decks and coach roof. The stylish finish is complemented by concealed passages for halyards, sheets and trim lines, together with flush fittings and details such as the folding Nomen mooring cleats.

Ergonomics for both cruising and racing have been carefully considered, with the centre console functioning as a handy foot chock for crew sitting on the cockpit benches, whilst the width of the bulwark varies along the length of the yacht to improve the comfort of a ‘hiking’ race crew and ensure aesthetically pleasing lines.

The Xp 44 deck hatches, portlights and windows are carefully selected for a flush fitting. Advanced design hinge mechanisms on the opening coachroof windows ensure there are no fittings or bolts visible from the outside, yet allowing ventilation and increased light down below.

Cockpit: High Quality Details and Sophisticated Options

The Xp 44 offers stylish cockpit furniture options normally associated with much larger yachts, including an inventive optional cockpit table which neatly folds away into its own recess in the cockpit sole, enabling a swift change from functional sailing area to stylish entertaining zone. Additionally, there is a designated recess for the sprayhood framework and canvas, a specially designed ‘garage’ for the washboard, and a built-in halyard bin for rope tails for a clutter-free, safe and smart cockpit and coachroof area that is a pleasure to sail or relax in. Expanded teak decking across both side decks and the coachroof are optional.

Swim platform with Telescopic Swim Ladder

The optional folding transom creates a secure stern area or a teak-topped swim platform with telescopic swim ladder. Liferaft storage is integrated into the cockpit sole while there is ample additional storage easily accessible in the cockpit lockers. Adjustable foot-chocks ensure the helmsman may enjoy a perfect steering position, with a sense of security as well as a clear view forward during manoeuvres and close sailing situations.

Power translated into a Responsive Sailing Experience

The carefully designed steering system ensures the Xp 44’s ample power is easily handled with a thrilling sense of speed on the helm. The rudder is fitted with high quality self-aligning roller bearings for reduced friction, maximum ‘feel’ and precise steering.

Twin composite wheels are also designed for optimum responsiveness, with reduced moments of inertia compared to conventional steel or aluminium wheels. Heavier metal wheels dampen or reduce the ‘feedback’ felt by the helmsman due to increased inertia of the wheel not in use. The series-connected steering cables are linked to the rudderstock via a large quadrant, onto which an optional autopilot ram connects, giving extra security.

Mast & Rigging: Perfect Trim and Precise Adjustment

The Xp 44 was designed from the outset with two rig choices, a standard alloy mast or an optional higher-aspect carbon mast and boom. Both were developed in close co-operation with leading rig development companies and sailmakers, for strength, low-windage and exceptional control.

In order to enjoy perfect sail trim, X-Yachts masts and rigging are designed so they can be easily and precisely adjusted, and with sufficient stiffness to maintain that shape for repeatable, fast sail settings. A rig with too much flex and stretch will ‘pump’, particularly when sailing upwind in waves, which means both the headsail and main will change shapes and lose optimum trim.

 The Xp 44 carries a hydraulic backstay for efficient and reliable tuning. To minimise forestay ‘sag’ for optimum upwind performance, 

it is essential to be able to tighten the backstay (and thereby the forestay). Inferior mechanical backstay adjusters are often fitted as standard to yachts of this size, but they do not have as great a range of adjustment and so are unable to achieve optimum backstay/forestay tension in all conditions.

Keel & Rudder: Precision-Engineered Foils

The foils of every Xp model are designed in-house, ensuring the Xp 44 rudder is a custom fit for the hull shape, underwater profile and sail plan. The deep rudder is designed for optimum ‘grip’ and maximum ‘feel’, giving responsive, reliable handling in all conditions and on all points of sail, and is constructed using high quality alloy stocks for a slim profile offering reduced resistance and underwater drag.

The Xp 44 features a cast iron keel fin with lead ‘T’ bulb. ‘T’ bulbs were originally seen only on custom racing yachts, but offer many benefits to performance cruisers as they enable the keel to be kept aft, but the bulb weight forward –allowing for a dynamic hull shape that is enjoyable and balanced to sail even in choppy seas.

Each keel is precision moulded for exact dimensions and a mirror-smooth finish. Both keel and fin are then encapsulated in a vacuum-infused GRP layer for a hydrodynamic finish that prevents corrosion and creates a perfectly symmetrical, smooth section. The lead ‘T’ bulb greatly reduces drag in comparison to the industry standard cast iron construction, which requires a greater volume in order to achieve the same centre of gravity.

The Xp 44 offers two keel options in conjunction with two rig packages: a standard draft of 2.30 metres, or an additional deep draught of 2.65 metres.


The Xp 44 features three spacious cabins, twin heads, and a choice of sliding or fixed chart table in the elegant main saloon.

Owner's Cabin: Room to Relax

The Xp 44 features an exceptionally spacious owner's cabin forward with ensuite heads and ample storage in two large wardrobes. Additional details include the option of freeboard cupboards or shelves with stylish steel trim, and a wide range of fabric choices for the upholstery.

Saloon: Combining Innovation with Classic Comfort

The Xp 44 interior is offered in a classic three cabin layout, which benefits from exemplary use of light and space. Ample natural light from the flush-mounted hatches and opening portlights creates a welcoming space throughout.

The interior space can be customised to each owner’s personal tastes, with a choice of contemporary white and classic wooden finishes for the upper and lower cupboards and freeboard, together with a wide selection of fabrics for the upholstery. The Xp 44 is fitted as standard with removable lightweight soft panels covering the freeboards throughout, as well as the saloon ceiling and side decks.

There is ample storage throughout, with deep bookshelves above the comfortable L-shaped seating area and port side sofa, while the saloon table also incorporates concealed storage for bottles and similar items. The table is completely removable to facilitate crew movement and sail storage whilst racing. Additional styling options include LED light strips underneath the saloon cupboards for additional ambient lighting.

Innovative Working Space Solutions

The Xp 44 features the unique and innovative Xperformance sliding chart table as standard. An X-Yachts custom design, it provides flexible seating in the spacious saloon by accommodating a secure forward-facing navigation station whilst underway and effortlessly converting to an aft position to create additional sofa seating for comfortable entertaining when in port.

The Xp 44 is also offered with a fixed aft facing navigation station as an option, which gives a comfortable working area with ample storage, and uninterrupted seating along the starboard side of the saloon. The fixed chart table incorporates drawers below, including a dedicated tool compartment for convenience, while both layout choices feature an easily accessible electronics control panel and deep bookshelves above.

Aft Cabin: Room For All

Symmetrical aft cabins each feature double bunks and hanging lockers, with optional shelves or pipe cots available at the freeboard. A light and airy second heads is positioned to starboard, with a tall shower which also offers wet locker storage.

Using the very latest 3D design programs, X-Yachts designers, engineers and technicians have been able to create a yacht where no space is wasted. The systems of the Xp 44 might be concealed from view, but they were incorporated into the yacht’s design and construction planning from the very outset. Every cable and pipe run is fully modeled in 3D to ensure that the system can be simply installed – and easily accessed for servicing at a later date.

Piping for all the water systems on board run in dedicated service trays and channels. Custom-built high volume tanks for diesel fuel and water maximise the space usage underneath the saloon berths, and are also designed to optimise weight distribution by ensuring the fluids are carried low down in the hull.

The 12V electrical system is designed using efficient cable runs to reduce transmission losses. All cabling terminates in a ‘dry’ GRP box fitted behind the main electrical panel in the saloon for added safety.

The high-specification electronics include a 220V AC shore power system as standard, which is capable of powering the 30-litre water heater. The switchboard is custom-designed with circuit breakers, and the circuits comprise tinned marine cable for corrosion resistance. The high quality three-stage battery charger utilises AGM (Absorption Glass Mat) batteries for low maintenance.

Comfort features include stylish halogen and LED interior lighting, and optional air-conditioning. A wide range of media and navigation system options are also available.

Smooth Operating Engine

A 40hp saildrive engine is fitted as standard. The engine compartment is well insulated and ventilated, with good access via front, aft and side panels, while the key service points of impeller, oil and water are easily reached by raising the companionway steps on self-supporting gas struts.

Careful planning has also minimised noise volumes from the engine, particularly in the saloon and cabins when motoring, with noise-reducing foam insulation and particular attention paid to all locking and fastening mechanisms of the access hatch.

The saildrive engines with folding propeller are carefully fitted with the engine ‘S’ struts faired into the hull using a rigid gasket for reliability and reduced drag underwater.


Specifications and details of this vessel are provided in good faith for informational purposes only. Data regarding the specifications, operating characteristics and condition of the vessel was obtained from sources believed reliable but is not guaranteed by owner or brokers. Buyer assumes responsibility to verify all speeds, capacities, consumption and other measurements contained herein and otherwise provided and agrees to instruct his agent or surveyor to confirm such details prior to purchase. Vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price and inventory changes and withdrawal from market without notice.

Engine hours are as of the date of the original listing and are a representation of what the listing broker has been told by the owner and/or actual reading of the engine hour meters. The broker cannot and does not guarantee the true hours. It is the responsibility of the purchaser to verify engine hours, warranties implied or otherwise, and major overhauls as well as all other representations noted on the listing brochure.

Dick Simon Yachts offers the details of this yacht in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of this boat for sale. A yacht buyer should instruct his yacht broker, or his boat surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This yacht for sale is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice. THIS BOAT IS SUBJECT TO AN EXCLUSIVE LISTING AGREEMENT WITH ARIETTA XP44 LLC (720) 771-9481 AND IS NOT OFFERED FOR SALE BY DICK SIMON YACHTS. Dick Simon Yachts is merely providing this information in an effort to represent you as a buyer in the purchase of this vessel.

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